Masters Degree in Nursing

WGU’s MSN in nursing is a university based degree in nursing with special emphasis on leadership, education, and technology management. The degrees offered have been developed utilizing contemporary practice standards and recommendations including the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011), Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Competencies and Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for the education of health care professionals.


Masters Degree in Nursing Program Requirements

  1. Requirements of the student while enrolled in a Master’s degree in nursing program include:
    • Possession of an active, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.
    • Failure to maintain such licensure throughout the program will (may) be grounds for suspension from the program.
  2. Students have the responsibility to report licensure restriction to the appropriate designee if any problem with licensure occurs while enrolled in the program.
    • Working as an RN at the time of application. enrollment, and throughout the program.
    • Students are responsible for collaborating with the program mentor regarding changes in employment.
  3. Nursing students employed at federal agencies will need to obtain a license in the state in which the clinical practicum is completed unless practicum are completed at the federal agency where they are employed.
  4. Students are required to meet the same health requirements as employees in the institutions/health organizations where they complete their clinical/field placement hours.
  5. Students may need to provide this information to the institutions/health organizations as requested.
  6. Students must adhere to OSHA regulations and guidelines, which include use of standard precautions and prevention of transmission of bloodborne diseases.
  7. Students will abide by HIPAA Guidelines.


Masters Degree in Nursing Program Outcomes

The WGU Masters Degree in Nursing Program graduate will:

  1. Employ appropriate patient-care technologies and information management strategies to lead change and improve quality care outcomes.
  2. Integrate clinical reasoning with organizational, patient-centered, culturally appropriate strategies to plan, deliver, and evaluate evidence-based practice.
  3. Design innovative nursing practices to impact quality outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems congruent with ethical, professional and legal standards.
  4. Assemble scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  5. Utilize applied research outcomes within the practice setting, navigating and integrating care services across healthcare systems.
  6. Design organization and leadership systems that promote high quality patient-care delivery and advance life-long learning.
  7. Construct interprofessional teams to communicate, coordinate, collaborate and consult with other health professionals to advance a culture of excellence.
  8. Integrate scientific knowledge including that from genetics and genethics in the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings and populations.
  9. Provide oversight and guidance in the integration of technology to manage care, identify performance measures, and standards that improve quality and safety outcomes.


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